Yesterday I participated in my first ever #PBPitch on Twitter (a pitch day just for picture books). I pitched a manuscript I’m very excited about (I think it has a ton of potential) to agents and editors reading these posts in great hope of its success. To say I was anxious all day is an understatement. To say I was disappointed when I didn’t get even a single nibble is yet another understatement. I had to drop my plans for the day and get out of the house because I was driving myself crazy. I met up with a friend and talked for a bit (which helped a lot). Then I went to Barnes and Noble to read picture books. Continue reading
I’ve been thinking all week about what picture book to recommend (and what activity to include), and I have to go with one that was kind of a sleeper hit with me. I didn’t love it on the first read. BUT the more I thought on it and mulled on it, the more it reached up and grabbed me. It’s a subtle form of humor with a sly twist at the end. And I really don’t know how to discuss it without giving some spoiler or other (but I will really try as I HATE spoilers!).
This weekend has been consumed with family (mom is in town visiting and it is the first niecling’s 7th birthday today). SO I’ve had no time to research activities to go with my picture book recommendation. I will work on that for next week. Continue reading
Fridays have been hectic for me (thanks to work), so remembering to do things when my brain is fried is not my strong point. That being said, I had every intention of posting this entry last Friday and forgot. SO here it is a few days late. AND I pick one of my latest “favorite of all time” picture book finds. Continue reading
I’ve decided to join the “Perfect Picture Book Friday” posts (a la Susanna HIll) to share some of my favorite picture book finds. My first pick is below and since it’s National Poetry Month, as well as Ryhming Picture Book Month, I decided to pick a rhyming book as my first review. Continue reading
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Once again work has started back up and everything else falls by the wayside. I find it incredibly difficult as a teacher to be able to maintain balance between my work life (which is all consuming at the beginning of the year: setting up the classroom, preparing new curriculum & policies, preparing for new students, etc.) and my writing life. Unfortunately, writing has taken a bit of a rest as I’ve gotten stuck climbing the mountain that is the beginning of the school year. Continue reading